Military-inspired clothing continues to be among the hottest fashion trends season after season and can take your casual wardrobe to a whole new level. Since many military pieces are so versatile, you can play with a variety of key pieces and pull off a trendsetting look that’s bound to get a style salute from fellow fashion mavens. Your favorite brands and retailers bring out some fresh twists on the classic military jacket, oversized shirts and cargo pants each season, and most of these pieces are well-suited for all body types.
Whether you’re putting together an outfit for casual day at the office, or hitting the shopping circuit with the girls this weekend, play with some military-inspired pieces for a fresh, fun and even sexy twist to your usual look. Use these tips to pull off the military look in style this season:
Full-Length Cargo Pants
Full-length cargo pants in khaki, olive or tan can quickly become a staple of your casual wardrobe. Look for cargo pants with heavy-duty details including large zippers, oversized pockets and other rugged details, and balance them out with a more feminine top. Full-length cargo pants are a very versatile addition to your spring, summer and Fall wardrobe, and can be paired with floral blouses, v-neck tees, wraparound tops and cardigans for a complete look.
Cropped Cargo Pants
If you’re heading to the beach or going casual on a summer weekend, wear a pair of cropped cargo pants with your favorite tee shirts and some gladiator sandals for a fun, playful, military-inspired look. Cropped cargo pants with hard zippers, large pockets around the thighs, cuffs and other oversized details will help you create a very laid back and casual look that’s perfect for lounging in. Pick up a pair of cropped cargo pants in an army or camo print for the full effect, or stick with a dark olive or tan pair for a more basic look.
Cropped Army Jacket
Trade the old denim jacket or three-quarter sleeve blazer for a cropped army jacket this season. This versatile jacket will add a cool and casual twist to almost any ensemble, and can help to balance out an otherwise very-girly outfit. Wear a cropped army jacket with a jersey dress, a ruffled blouse or a floral top. Look for military details including distressed fabric, oversized metal buttons, visible seams and large zippers. The key to wearing a cropped army jacket with style is to layer it with the right pieces – too many “boyish” elements can make you appear more tomboyish than you might want, so make sure you’re wearing more feminine basics to create a trendsetting look.
When temperatures drop and it’s time to don a coat on a daily basis, choose the military-style peacoat accented with strap details and embossed hardware. Most military-inspired peacoats are tailored to create a very straight, streamlined silhouette. You can still show off your feminine curves by choosing a coat that cinches at the waist and has some belt detailing around the midsection. If you prefer a simpler style, go for the oversized peacoat with a raised collar and a straighter cut.
A pair of military-inspired lace-up boots can add a playful twist to your girly-girl wardrobe. Wear these with your favorite jersey or wrap dress during the spring months, or pair them with boyfriend jeans and a simple tee when you want to pull off a boyish look. Choose boots with a stacked heel or platform so that you can still get some of the height you want. Military details including oversized buckles, straps, contrast stitching and medal accents can help you create a fashion-forward look this season.